Liposuction is one of the leading types of cosmetic surgery available. Performed in conjunction with other procedures as a supplement, or on its own to achieve desired outcomes, there are several variations on the general procedure. Dr. Raj guides his patients along each step, from the initial consultation through the procedure and into recovery. Mastopexy, as with any kind of surgery, has risks and complications, so it’s a good idea to ask questions.
Table Of Contents
- What is Liposuction
- Options and Variations
- LIPO 360
- Liposuction Procedure
- Liposuction Recovery
- Risks and Complications
- Liposuction Cost
- Questions and Answers
Before and After Images
*Individual results may vary.
This is a patient in her 30s who was a candidate for a tummy tuck but did not want a long surgery with incisions. She underwent liposuction of her abdomen, waist, and back. There is noticeable improvement of her abdominal contour.*Individual results may vary
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that is used to remove fat in many regions of the body including the chin, arms, chest, abdomen, hips, back, thighs, calves and to help shape and contour these areas. It is commonly employed in conjunction with other procedures which enables Dr. Raj to deliver better outcomes from those combined procedures, such as when breast augmentation is supplemented with liposuction of the armpit to create a trimmer profile.
Who is a candidate?
Surgical candidates should be in good general and mental health and have a realistic expectation about surgical outcomes. Ideal candidates are at or around their goal weight with good skin elasticity. It is most useful in treating isolated pockets of excess fat which aren’t corrected by diet and exercise.
Options and Variations
It is a safe and reliable technique for fat removal. The traditional option is called a suction-assisted or tumescent liposuction, where a vacuum assisted tube is placed under the skin and used to harvest unwanted body fat. Variations are mostly modifications on the process giving a greater degree of control or enabling doctors to remove a larger quantity of body fat. Some variants Dr. Raj may recommend for his patients include:
Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction
Ultrasound assisted liposuction differs from traditional. First the wetting solution is injected into the area of fat removal. A special machine connected to an ultrasound assisted cannula transmits heat to the fat and it is used to break up the fat and make it softer so it is easier to remove. Then a cannula connected to a suction machine is used to remove the fat that has been heated and liquefied. This technique is very useful in patients who have had prior surgery or in areas with very thick and stubborn fat.
Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL)
PAL is a special form of liposuction. It is done in a similar manner to SAL (suction assisted liposuction) but the major difference is the cannula can vibrate. These special cannulas use the vibrations to break up fat making it much easier to remove. This technique is more efficient and affords a lower complication rate.
Why Choose Dr. Raja Mohan?Patients choose Dallas liposuction cosmetic surgeon Dr. Raj for a variety of reasons. He trains and studies with the best in the industry as a peer and leader, and this commitment means that his patients are always able to benefit from advancements at the cutting edge of science and surgery. He is knowledgeable and personable and is known for both candor and compassion. He really cares about his patients and it shows, both in how he interacts with them as well as in the quality of patient care he provides. Ultimately, all roads end with the outcomes, and the reason most people choose Dr. Raj as their Dallas liposuction doctor is that he delivers results that speak for themselves.
Dr. Raj Mohan is a board-certified, aesthetic-fellowship-trained plastic surgeon.
Lipo 360 Dallas
360 degree liposuction, or “lipo 360”, is a loose term plastic surgeons use to describe liposuction that treats the entire circumference of the midsection — thus, the use of “360” (one revolution or all the way around).
Whereas typical liposuction targets smaller areas individually (such as the front of the abdomen, the upper arms, or the thighs), lipo 360 Dallas generally refers to lipo that treats all three of the following areas at once: the abdomen, flanks, and back.
At the same time, it’s important to note that “lipo 360” is not a brand-name or a unique procedure. It’s simply a general term that’s frequently used by plastic surgeons to denote circumferential liposuction around a patient’s trunk. With this in mind, the 360 lipo Dallas patients undergo with Dr. Mohan may differ from what other lipo 360 patients experience with another surgeon.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Lipo 360?
The best candidates for lipo 360 should want to get rid of stubborn fat on the front, sides, and back of their torso. Lipo 360 patients are often individuals who gain weight easily in their midsection. Aging, weight fluctuations, and pregnancy are some of the most common contributors to excess fat in this area of the body. Lipo 360 patients in Dallas should be healthy overall, have good skin elasticity, be non-smokers, and ultimately desire a slimmer silhouette.
Before the procedure
Instructions for pre-surgical care will be provided by Dr. Raj prior to surgery based on the patient’s individual surgical plan. Patients may need pre-operative testing in some cases. Dr. Raj will provide patients with a clear timeline and the information required to plan logistically for surgery and recovery.
The day of the procedure
The procedure is done at an accredited surgery center or at a hospital with the assistance of licensed anesthesiologists. On the day of surgery, Dr. Raj will perform markings to plan the areas. The duration of the surgery will depend on how many areas are treated and how much is to be performed. Dr. Raj ensures that fluid balances are maintained, and safe limits are not exceeded. These and other standard precautions help to reduce the risk of complications.
Description of procedure
It is performed in an operating room under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure for patient comfort and safety. During the procedure:
A tiny incision is made in the patient at the extraction site.
A small tube, called a cannula, is inserted into the incision.
The cannula is pushed back and forth through the fat layer breaking up the fat cells.
A vacuum is used to suction the fat through the cannula.
Patients may lose significant fluid during surgery. They receive IV fluids during and immediately after surgery to prevent shock.
This basic technique is used in all patients undergoing this procedure. Some popular variations on the procedure are described in a previous section.
During pre-surgical preparation, patients are given a detailed rundown and timeline for their recovery, inclusive of instructions or protocols unique to their case. It is normal to have bruising and swelling but these will subside with time. Dr. Raj recommends patients wear compression garments for 6 weeks after the procedure provide comfort and help reduce these symptoms. Usually patients can return to work in 2 weeks, and it takes approximately 3-6 months to see the final result.
Patients can resume their normal exercise regimen 4 weeks after the procedure once the wounds have sufficiently healed. It is important for patients to apply the es different techniques and modalities to help maintain the results. The key for every patient is maintain their weight by having a consistent diet and exercise regimen so there are no weight fluctuations.
Limitations, Risks, and Possible Complications
All surgical procedures come with a risk of bruising, bleeding, infection, and complications from anesthesia. Risks include physical damage to subcutaneous structures and tissue, including nerves and blood vessels. There is a small risk of cardiac and pulmonary complications and the accumulation of fluid. Irregular healing, scarring, and contours may occur as a result of the surgery. Each technique may have additional risks, ask your doctor for a complete list of complications and how to avoid them.
Liposuction Cost Dallas
The average liposuction procedure will cost around $3,637, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, or ASPS. However, it can be difficult to accurately calculate the average liposuction cost Dallas patients should expect to pay. This is because every liposuction procedure will inevitably be unique to the patient.
For example, one patient may want to slim their abdomen and get rid of love handles while another patient simply wants to reduce excess bulk on their upper arms. These two procedures will be carried out differently and require varied skills and resources, thus resulting in different prices.
Factors That Influence the Cost of Liposuction
Most of all, the cost of your liposuction will be influenced by the extent of your procedure. Again, the more areas you plan to treat, the higher the price tag of your procedure. The extent of the liposuction (how much fat is being removed) will also play a role.
Next, your liposuction Dallas cost will be influenced by the location of your surgery. Simply put, the higher the cost of living in the location where you plan to get liposuction, the higher the cost of surgery. In Dallas, therefore, liposuction may cost slightly more than it would in a more rural location.
The experience and skill of your surgeon will impact the price of lipo too. If your surgeon has extensive experience and expertise, they will essentially charge for that. The good news is, a surgeon with more experience and expertise will inevitably achieve superior results and help you get exactly what you intend out of liposuction. In the end, it pays to go with an experienced surgeon like Dr. Raja Mohan.
Liposuction Q and A
No, it should be thought of as a body contouring procedure. It is not a good procedure to lose weight and it is not a surgery meant for that purpose. Body contouring means shaping and toning the body to give it a more pleasing look. It is important to keep in mind that there are recommended limits for how much fat can be suctioned. Too much removal could result in contour deformities or result in more life threatening complications.
Although there is a lot of buzz about “lunchtime lipo,” it is important for all patients to understand that any form regardless of how it is marked is a surgical procedure. Like any other surgical procedure, it can be done using various forms of anesthesia but most commonly general anesthesia is used. Secondly, like any other procedure, it carries risk.
SmartLipo is a form of laser assisted liposuction. What that means is after the wetting solution is injected into the area of fat removal, a cannula with laser technology is used to heat and liquefy the fat. Then a standard cannula connected to a suction device is used to remove the fat. Smartlipo is a device that performs this form of laser assisted. This product is good for areas needing skin tightening or areas with fibrous fat.
Yes “hi-def” body contouring is becoming much more popular for men and women who want more toned, well defined bodies. Using special techniques, areas of fat can be removed to help muscles to be shown. One common form of etching is defining the abdominal muscles.
Yes, Dr. Raj routinely performs fat grafting or fat transfer. The fat that is harvested is processed and can be injected into the face, breast or buttocks.
Yes, only certain amounts of fat can be removed in one procedure. Along with liposuction, other plastic surgeries such as a mommy makeover, breast augmentation procedures, tummy tucks, facial aesthetic surgeries can be performed. Dr. Raj can discuss in more detail what procedures can be combined with liposuction.
Yes multiple areas can be treated at once. The limit as to how many areas can be treated depending on the amount of fat removed and the overall operative time. For patients wanting more than 4 areas treated, it is probably better to split it in two different procedures to help maintain safety and reduce complication rates.
In most cases, this is an outpatient procedure and patients can go home after the procedure. Patients who undergo a large volume need to be monitored overnight at a medical facility.
There is bruising and swelling the first few weeks so it takes 3-6 months to see the effects. At this time the bruising and swelling have resolved but there could be some residual numbness.
As long as there are no major weight fluctuations, the results should last. The one important thing to remember is that the skin can become loose as one ages which might require a different procedure to address that issue.
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Choosing a plastic surgeon is challenging and the most important factor is that patients are comfortable with their choice and confident in their surgeon. Some patients will be impressed by Dr. Mohan’s credentials and pedigree as a plastic surgeon while others are comforted by his warm, genial bedside manner. While every patient is different, there is one thing that unites them all when choosing a plastic surgeon – results. Dr. Raja Mojan
If you want to learn more about whether or not surgery is for you please call (469) 301-1725 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Raj Mohan, board-certified plastic surgeon serving the Dallas Metroplex.